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Urban Meyer makes his first visit to the NFL in London

Urban Meyer has said he would not miss another return flight from the team after being criticized for his behavior following the Jacksonville Jaguars’ loss to the Cincinnati Bengals two weeks ago.

The Jaguars head coach was reprimanded by owner Shad Khan after videos appeared on social media of a young woman dancing near Meyer’s knees at a restaurant / bar in Columbus following her decision not to come back with the team.

Khan deemed the actions “inexcusable” while Meyer apologized to his family, his team and Khan for an incident he called “just plain stupid”.

“I gave the players three days off and they gave the coaches two days off. And that’s when I stayed to go see my two grandsons. I’m looking back now, I spoke to our managing director about it and it didn’t seem like a big deal, but yeah, it’s something I won’t do, “Meyer said, speaking to media in London on Friday.

Urban Meyer insists ‘the rock will shatter’ as Jacksonville Jaguars look to end London losing streak |  NFL News

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Capt Cody ‘Skip’ Hancock (left) and Troy ‘Popeye’ Capasso (right) reflect on their experience during the iconic flyby during the NFL game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Capt Cody ‘Skip’ Hancock (left) and Troy ‘Popeye’ Capasso (right) reflect on their experience during the iconic flyby during the NFL game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Among the fallout was not only unwanted and untimely attention in the midst of a winless start to the season for the Jaguars, but the work of rebuilding the confidence of its owners, players and the organization.

“Yeah, we’ve spoken a few times and our team has been – we’re focused on constant improvement, which you’ve seen – definitely on offense,” Meyer continued. “In defense, we still have a few detail mistakes that we made. But constant efforts, improvements and [we’re going to] try to win a game. How to gain trust? Over time and just by rubbing shoulders with them. “

Discussing the aftermath, Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence insisted Meyer always had his players respected.

“He handled the situation well,” Lawrence said. “Obviously he’s had conversations with the team and one-on-one, all of us,” Lawrence said. “Just him being the same guy, coming to work. Super hard worker, really cares about this team. No one can deny that. We’re in a good position and we all respect him, and we’re just ready to win a few games. “

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The focus is now on Sunday, when the Jaguars take on the Miami Dolphins at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, seeking to end a franchise-record 20-game losing streak dating back to week two of 2020. .

“This is a very unique group that we are dealing with here,” added Meyer. “The rock will shatter. Facts are facts about lost matches, but it’s a fact [that the Jaguars have made] constant progress. It’s the NFL. We have very good leadership in this team, a very good dressing room in this team and they want to win in the worst possible way. It’s the only way to handle it. “

Meyer, who coached Florida and Ohio State to national championship titles, recently suggested playing in the NFL was like “playing Alabama every week” as he described the transition from college football.

With signs of improvement from his side in recent weeks, he remains confident the Jaguars are turning a corner.

“You win by two touchdowns [in college] and it’s, ‘What happened? Why did you play so badly? Here you look across the pitch and there are great teams every week, “he said.” It’s not something that shocked me. It is very different. But I’m at a point in my career when it comes to the players. I have always been for the players. I have always been concerned with the best sporting performances and giving them the opportunity to win a game. That’s all that matters to me.

“Jacksonville has been great. Our fans have been amazing. They want to win. We have a great young quarterback. We’re getting some good plays around him. We’re going to change that.”

Lawrence is fortunate enough to become the first rookie quarterback to win a game in London this weekend after watching Zach Wilson and the New York Jets fall to the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday.

The No. 1 pick overall enters Game 104 with 175 passes for 1,146 yards and six touchdowns to eight interceptions as well as 110 rushing yards for two scores.

“We didn’t start the way we wanted but we still have 12 games left,” said Lawrence. “There’s a lot of time left. It’s our goal every week to get better. We’re getting there, and we’re moving forward and starting to click and play much better football.”

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